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Lone Tree
Lone Tree

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Challenge: B/W Landscape II (Standard Editing)
Lens: Sony DT 1855mm f/3.55.6 SAM AF
Location: Hondenven, Tubbergen, Netherlands
Date: Jul 17, 2016
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2016

Phew, made it just in time for the challenge. I was mainly aiming to get a photo to the Church challenge, but the panorama I made failed, so I rushed out tonight to get a quick photo to submit here.
It's an HDR scene of a lake relatively close to my house, but as you can see mainly focussed on the tree. I shot 3 photos, one on neutral exposure, one 1 stop overexposed and one 1 stop overexposed. It worked out quite well I'd say. I'm happy with the result.

Place: 53 out of 59
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08/02/2016 08:45:17 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This is a well-exposed shot and meets the requirement of being in b/w...but the portrait orientation, instead of the much wider, horizontal landscape orientation, is one reason why this image did not do well. This is a photo of a tree, first and foremost, and it is simply not a lone tree.

There are many simple fixes here. First, crop your photo to landscape orientation; I can see by your settings that you used a tripod but it might have been good to reduce the depth of field so the back treeline would be out of focus and hopefully help highlight your lone tree more effectively. Also at f.11 and twilight, it is already very murky, so you want more light either with a wider aperture or longer exposure.

Finally, my favouritest thing to do in the world...change your point of view. This looks like it was shot at regular human standing eye level. If you want to isolate that tree and truly make it the only tree in the shot, be ready to squat down, or kneel or even lay belly down in the dirt and shoot up to get that one tree in the shot and no others.

Try even just one of these small techniques and see the difference it makes!

Hope this helps,

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